"Kidder Battle Site" Goodland Off The Beaten Path Tip by basstbn
Goodland Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 1 photos
We drove many miles over dirt and gravel roads to this site to find nothing but the silhouette of one infantryman pointing his gun at one mounted Indian. I thought it sufficiently ironic to photograph this site with a No Hunting sign in the foreground. Later we learned that many historians don't believe this to be the site of the battle at all. Sigh.
In 1867 Lt. Lyman Kidder's ten-man patrol encountered Cheyenne Indians. His party's remains were later found by George Custer and members of his 7th Calvary.
The locals still call this the Kidder Massacre site; but to be honest, it was the site of a battle between two groups of armed men in which the Cheyennes were victorious, not a massacre in which a group of "savages" attacked a group of unarmed civilians.